Posted on November 13, 2022 at 8:52 PM by Robert Watson
While the 2022 General Election Day has passed, there are still two remaining deadlines.
If a voter who voted provisionally would like to present information pertaining to why their vote should count, they must do so by 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 15. To learn more about provisional voting read the Illinois State Board of Elections Provisional Voting pamphlet.
The deadline to return a vote by mail ballot was November 8 (if in person or at a dropbox) or must have been postmarked by November 8 by the US Postal Service. Any vote by mail ballot that was postmarked by November 8, but is delivered on or before November 22 will be reviewed by our panel of Republican and Democratic election judges.
If your vote by mail ballot was received by our office and you were mailed a letter stating that it was rejected, you can appeal the rejection in person until 4:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 22.
Posted on November 5, 2022 at 9:58 PM by Robert Watson
In 2016, County Clerk Kathy Michael penned an Op-Ed and submitted it to The Pantagraph, the local newspaper where it ran. That Op-Ed was titled Have confidence your vote is safe.
This week, the same Op-Ed was posted online in FarmWeekNow and will be printed in their newspaper with permission from The Pantagraph. The FarmWeekNow newspaper is distributed to 72,000 Illinoisans.
Read Have confidence your vote is safe on FarmWeekNow.com.
Posted on November 1, 2022 at 10:27 PM by Robert Watson
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2022 GENERAL ELECTION
Thursday, November 3, 2022, is the last day that a voter can request a vote by mail ballot electronically or by mail. These vote by mail applications must be received before the close of business (4:30 pm).
Voters may still appear in-person at the election authority office to request a vote by mail ballot through the close of business (4:30pm) the day before the election (Nov. 7).
Posted on October 24, 2022 at 6:30 PM by Robert Watson
Beginning Saturday, October 29, early voting at Eastland Mall will be extended to be open during the weekends.
Early Voting at Eastland Mall is held in the former MC Sports store near Kohl's. Plentiful parking is available, including handicap-accessible spaces.
Early voting at the Government Center (downtown Bloomington) and ISU's campus (Watterson Towers and the Bone Student Center) will continue to operate Monday - Friday.
Early voting locations, addresses, and hours of operation are available on the Early Voting web page.
Posted on October 23, 2022 at 8:49 PM by Robert Watson
Posted on October 23, 2022 at 8:35 PM by Robert Watson
Posted on October 17, 2022 at 7:57 AM by Robert Watson
Beginning this morning at 10:00 am early voting locations at ISU are open. McLean County Voters (except residents of the city of Bloomington) can vote early at two locations at Illinois State University.
Early voting locations are open at the Bone Student Center's Founder's Suite and in the Rosa Parks room in Watterson Towers. These locations will be open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday until November 4.
If you are not registered to vote yet, you can register to vote and vote at either location. Illinois law requires that a voter who registers to vote at an early voting location must vote at the same time. Voters cannot register, leave, then come back to vote.
Early voting locations are also open at Eastland Mall (in the former MC Sports location by Kohl's) and at the Government Center. Full details are available on the Early Voting page of the McLean County website.
Posted on October 10, 2022 at 8:43 PM by Robert Watson
Because election misinformation continues to be a concern in our Illinois counties, our state, and nationwide from all sides of the political spectrum, McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael will host an Election Information Display and Q & A this coming Saturday at Eastland Mall in Bloomington from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. (Next to Kohl's) Co-hosting this event is Tazewell County Clerk, John Ackerman. We will have election equipment on display with election staff attending as well as Democratic and Republican veteran election judges participating and available for questions.
This event is this Saturday the 15th, 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm (promptly ending at 4pm) We will film this for future reference and we have other videos on our website as well. We also have a Q and A link for voter questions that we answer 24/7. Location: Eastland Mall, Bloomington (our early voting location) next to Kohl's. Plenty of free parking in front of Kohl’s or the southwest entrance (former Mc Sports space). Signs will be out.
Question forms will be passed out, collected and addressed, thus avoiding duplicate or unrelated questions. Additionally, we will have tables where attendees may go with other specific questions. For example: In one area we will have election equipment set up where election staff will interact with media/public. We will also have an area with veteran Democratic and Republican election judges to address those question specific regarding election judges, and so on.
Understanding how swamped you/we all are, we do feel this is important for transparency for the public and for our election processes here in Illinois. There is still too much false news going about and we want to assure the voters that they can get honest answers from their election officials.
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Posted on October 9, 2022 at 9:23 PM by Robert Watson
The Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) will host the Local Election Officials Webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10:00 am. During the webinar, the SBE will share information that will be shared in the Local Election Officials Handbook. This webinar is important for anyone who will be facilitating election work for the February 2023 Primary Election and the April 2023 Consolidated General Election.
Topic will include:
To join the webinar visit the Zoom link and enter the following information.
Meeting ID: 827 193 1443
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Posted on October 6, 2022 at 2:08 PM by Robert Watson
This week is National Voter Education Week. Friday's focus is on how you can engage further in the election process.
There are a number of ways that you can become more engaged in the election process beyond voting. The McLean County Clerk's office is always looking for good help to make elections run smoothly. Below are some roles that guide the efficient, safe, and secure election process.
If you're interested in becoming more involved in the election process, you're encouraged to submit the Ask the Election Team a Question form, call us at 309-888-4035, or email email@example.com.